ITTF Junior Circuit | Amadi Omeh and Azeez Solanke Claims Nigeria’s first gold

by on March 28, 2016

Amadi Omeh and Azeez Solanke claimed the first gold medal for Nigeria at the 2016 ITTF Junior Circuit tagged Egypt Open, after beating Egypt’s pair of Attia Ammar and Elsafty Omar in the cadet boys’ double event.
From the group stage, Omeh and Solanke have formed a strong force to berth in the final.
Despite losing the first game 11-7, the Nigerian teenagers fought well to claim the victory by winning the next three games with 8-11,11-7,11-4 to fetch Nigeria its first gold medal at the tournament holding at the Cairo International Stadium.
However, Omeh failed to retain his cadet boys’ singles title after he narrowly lost to Egypt’s Farouk Mazen 5-11,11-9,11-8,7-11,11-7 in the quarterfinal. Abayomi Animasahun was also edged out at same stage by India’s Jain Payas 8-11,5-11,11-9,11-5,9-11.
The only Nigerian that scaled the quarterfinal hurdle was Azaaz Solanke who defeated Egypt’s Elborhamy Ahmed 11-9,12-14,8-11,11-5,11-6 to set up a semifinal clash against Animasahun’s conqueror, India’s Payas.
Defending champion in the mini-cadet boys’ singles, Nigeria’s Animasahun also made it to the semifinal stage where he is expected to battle against Egypt’s Abdelwahab Youssef for a place in the final.
Earlier, the Nigerian junior team also added a silver medal to their wares.
Omeh was edged out in the junior boys singles at the quarterfinal stage but he inspired the team to settle for silver in the finals after conceding defeat to Egypt led by Youssef Abdel-Aziz.

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